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Kalamazoo and Automobiles
By now we have heard so much about the auto industry in Michigan. Much emphasis has been geared to the southeastern part of the State. For a more local perspective on what this industry meant to Kalamazoo, go to The Kalamazoo Automobilist by David Lyon (H 629.2 L991). A long-time aficionado, Lyon examines the auto industry in Kalamazoo, focusing on the Michigan Buggy Company scandal. Each chapter has a bibliography and the book has a great deal of illustrations, including thirty-two pages of color photographs from the Locomobile, the first car that ran on our streets, to Western Michigan University’s Sunseeker.
The Kalamazoo Automobilist